The question goes something like this: "I understand that conception is a fancy word for idea, and that a vivid idea is one that you can clearly see in your mind. But how does one get an imaginative idea?"
I remember being in Photography 101 in college, viewing the prints from fellow students and being amazed. Not only was I amazed at what they were creating, but amazed at the gap between their work and my own. I lacked vision, specifically the imaginative aspect of it.
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First, in order to be creative, one must think like a child. Adults are logical thinkers. Adults like order. Adults have preconceived notions. Children are not that way. Children don't have the experiences yet that tell them there are limitations. They have not yet been told "you can't do this, you can't do that" and "you shouldn't do this, you shouldn't do that." Creative people must channel that inner child.
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Third, in order to be creative, one must steal. This may seem outrageous, but, quoting Einstein again, "Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." Austin Kleon explains how to steal like an artist. You should be taking what you like from this person, and from that person, and from that other person, shaking it all together with a bit of yourself, and making art. Those people you borrowed from took those ideas from someone else. No one is truly original.
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Finally, in order to be creative, one must be the man who came back. When you revisit a subject, you are given the great opportunity to do it better, to create a stronger photograph. When faced with the opportunity to re-photograph a subject, you will not likely create the same image, but one with a refined vision. You can build on your previous creativity by making small improvements, or you can interpret the scene in an entirely different way. Either way, you must be imaginative or you'll walk away with an identical photograph to what you already have.
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It is important to not give up and to never stop having fun. If you find yourself bored with your photography, try something new, something different. Keep moving forward and you'll be surprised at what you create.
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